I, Robot Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. The company that has propositioned U.S. Robot in “Escape!” has promised how much money to U.S. Robot if there is no solution to their problem but U.S. Robot can tell them the missing factors?

2. The robots in “Little Lost Robot” have been programmed with a modified version of the First Law, removing what provision?

3. The company that has propositioned U.S. Robot in “Escape!” has promised how much money to U.S. Robot if there is a solution to their problem, plus the costs of construction?

4. Powell and Donovan liken the experience of crossing the interstellar jump to what in “Escape!”?

5. What position does Stephen Byerley hold when he first runs for public office in “Evidence”?

Short Essay Questions

1. What problem is presented in the beginning of “Little Lost Robot”?

2. What is asked by the Sub-Coordinator of the European Region in “The Evitable Conflict”?

3. Where are Dr. Calvin and Dr. Bogert in the beginning of “Little Lost Robot”? Who greets them?

4. What situation does Dr. Lanning explain to Calvin and Bogert in the beginning of “Escape!”?

5. How does the story “Liar!” mark a turning point in I, Robot?

6. What is significant about the conclusions of Byerley’s identity in “Evidence”?

7. What is foreshadowed through the plot of “Liar!”?

8. What has been related to Byerley regarding the problems in the Eastern Region in “The Evitable Conflict”?

9. What information does Francis Quinn present to Dr. Lanning in the beginning of “Evidence”?

10. What types of books does Dr. Calvin bring to Herbie in “Liar!” Which does he prefer?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the point of view of the narrative and the role of the narrator in the novel. How does the narrator’s point of view affect the reader? Do you empathize with the narrator? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Analyze and discuss the character of Cutie and the theme of faith in “Reason.” How does Cutie differ from the previous robots seen in I, Robot? Why does Cutie refuse to believe Powell’s explanation for his existence? How is faith questioned in the narrative?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the NS-2 model of robots introduced in “Little Lost Robot.” What capabilities do these machines have? How do they differ from robots in the previous stories? What makes Nestor 10 stand out among this model? How are the robots described? How large are they?

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